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San Jose Case Study

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Community-based Address Canvassing Pilot for 2020 Census

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Community-Based Address Canvassing

  • 50+ volunteers canvassed 17 Census Tracts in San Jose
  • Volunteers submitted over 800 potential unconventional units
  • In process of preparing data for verification with Census Geography Division and City of San Jose’s Planning Department
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Summary of Pilot Process

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San Jose Recruited Community-based Organizations (CBOs) for Canvassing

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3 Hour “Train the Trainer” workshop  for 2-4 CBO Staff

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1 Hour Training by CBOs staff of Volunteers + Assignment to Canvassing Areas

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2-4 Hours of Canvassing for Each Group of 2-4 Volunteers

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Post-Processing of Data to Send to San Jose and Census for Verification

What This Actually Looked Like

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Results

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  • Worked with 50+ volunteers to train and canvass 17 Census Tracts in San Jose
  • Most volunteers took about a minute to submit address w/ description
  • Volunteers submitted over 800 potential unconventional units
  • In process of preparing data for verification with Census Geography Division and City of San Jose’s Planning Department

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3/30/2018 "120 Day Deadline: How Local Governments Can Conduct Community-Based Address Canvassing to Ensure Low-Income People Are Counted"

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